New Delhi has to be told whether it wants Tamil Nadu or genocidal Sri Lanka

New Delhi’s prime minister designate Narendra Modi can’t have an excuse in inviting genocidal Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa to the inauguration of his government, citing his invitation to all SAARC heads of governments. None of the States in India has ever indicted the head of government of a neighbouring country, as the Tamil Nadu State Assembly has unanimously resolved against Rajapaksa’s genocide of Eezham Tamils. The Rajapaksa case is a unique case India has never seen before, and that too considerably involving the previous Congress government at New Delhi. Tamil Nadu, having a duty in showing a protest in no uncertain terms to New Delhi that whether it wants its southern State or a genocidal State in the neighbourhood, need not care Mr. Modi’s self-invited diplomatic compulsions.

Mr. Narendra Modi has invited all SAARC Heads of State for the inauguration of his government on 26 May.

Mahinda Rajapaksa jumped at the opportunity.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif may not honour Mr. Modi’s invitation. Pakistan will send only a representative. There are also contradicting reports on Thursday that Mr Sharif might attend.

However, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdulla has welcomed the invitation, hoping for a beginning of sustained talks. But he didn’t fail to add a note that what would have been the reaction of the BJP, had the invitation been sent by Rahul Gandhi as prime minister designate.

Indian media reports were giving more weight to the Pakistan factor, citing BJP’s indication that Mr Modi would work to a re-crafted foreign policy.

India in the past could have never imagined inviting the head of government of Israel or apartheid South Africa.

In what way the Tamils have become a no issue to New Delhi is the question.

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Mr Vaiko, a time-tested supporter of the cause of Eezham Tamils, and who has braved himself to ally with the BJP in Tamil Nadu in the last elections, has come out with a strong condemnation of the Modi invitation to Rajapaksa.

With "unexplainable grief" Vaiko asked Modi and BJP national president Rajnath Singh not to allow Rajapaksa to attend the swearing-in ceremony, as it would hurt the Tamils the world over, media reports in Chennai said.

Congress was shown the door by the people of Tamil Nadu for allegedly helping Colombo, Vaiko said.

Sri Lanka was not invited when BJP’s A B Vajpayee was sworn-in in 1998-99 and the subsequent ceremonies to mark assuming of offices by the UPA in 2004 and 2009, Vaiko was citing.

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If Rajapaksa were allowed to come that would herald a new phase of struggle and polarisation among Tamils.

It would be an opportunity for Tamils to register their point nationally in India and internationally, political activists in Chennai said, adding that there should be an end to New Delhi’s scapegoating of Tamils right from Nehru’s times.

Mahinda Rajapaksa perhaps wants sharpening of confrontation within India and Modi’s ‘diplomatic restructure’ may fail at the outset by the Rajapaksa jinx, political observers in Chennai commented.

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